Roots Music Leaders Celebrate


Directors from three of the country’s most respected music organizations joined WoodSongs Old-Time Radio host, folksinger Michael Johnathon on Monday for an adventurous exploration of roots music. Barbara B. Newman, president and CEO of The Blues Foundation, Angus Finnan, Executive Director of Folk Alliance International and Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association and Dr. Ron Pen ...

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Appaloosa Fest Turns Three


The Third Annual installment of the Appaloosa Festival gets underway Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, 2017. The fest hosted by D.C. based Celtic rock band Scythian promises again this year to be an event to be remembered.The scenic Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia is once again the location for the festival. It’s just one hour from DC. and ...

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MerleFest 30 Comes To Triumphant Close

Thousands attend Avett Brothers tribute to Doc

The 30th installment of Merlefest came to a close Sunday afternoon, April 30th, with a crowd pleasing set from one of Country Music’s more popular artists, the Zac Brown Band. It is estimated that well over 80,000 folks attended the celebration over the four days. This festival is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation which funds scholarships and capital ...

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Americana Artists Support Shelter Pet Day


National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is April, 30th; what better way to celebrate (besides adopting a pet) than to check out the upcoming CD release dedicated to raising funds and awareness for this amazing cause. The CD, Rescue Me! A Cause for Paws, is a project of Blue Light Records and co-produced by singer/songwriter Amy White, (Inside Track artist, ...

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April 22 Is National Record Store Day


One of AR’s editors was leafing through the pages of the latest AARP Bulletin (Vol 58, No 3, Apr ’17 issue)—yes, he is that old; and on page 38 was a short story about Mr. Michael Kurtz who is recognized as the co-founder of National Record Store Day. After being reminded that the annual National Record Day is coming upon ...

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Songwriting At Vanderbilt


Songwriters living in or near the Nashville, TN area – you might want to consider attending this new offering from Vanderbilt University, in person. For others, this will be available on-line as well. It’s the Blair Hit Songwriter Series hosted by Deanna Walker. Join legendary songwriters, industry professionals and rising stars for 14 weeks of incredible, up-close and personal discussions ...

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ISC Extends Entry Deadline


HTML Message Nashville, TN, – In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, ISC is reopening submissions from December 14th to January 2nd for its annual Stocking Stuffer, and the fee is a discounted $25 per entry. All entries will also be automatically entered into the ISC 2016 competition and will be eligible for all ISC prizes, including a Grand Prize ...

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Romp Fest Initial Line-up


The 14th annual ROMP Festival, promoted by the International Bluegrass Museum, will take place on June 21 – 24, 2017 at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, KY, home of the museum. Scheduled acts this year include legendary American roots pioneers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, progressive bluegrass virtuosos, Punch Brothers, Grammy Award-winning folk rockers, Los Lobos, and multi-instrumentalist and founding member ...

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Americana Rhythm Heads South


The staff of Americana Rhythm will be heading to Nashville this week to the Americana Music Association’s conference. We’ll make a stop at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, and head over to Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s conference, and Wide Open Bluegrass. Whew! It’s gonna be a blast, and you can tag along – at least in pictures ...

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Bluegrass in Dinwiddie

Larry Cordle takes the stage at the Dinwiddie Music Festival.

With the many choices available these days for music festival options, it’s so hard to pick just one. I’m happy to say we were delighted with our choice to spend the day at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, VA at the Dinwiddie Music Festival recently. (Thursday, June 9th) Allen Carpenter, festival promoter, has a fantastic location for the three day event. The ...

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